If you have always wanted to fly fish but have been unable to find the right teacher and time to learn you have found the right place! Consider a vacation that will offer the best fly fishing lessons by instructors who are eager to share their skills with beginning and novice fly fishermen and fly fisherwomen.
Our experienced and trained fly fishing guides look forward to working with those who have never even held a fly rod, as well as those eager to improve their skills. We have such a broad variety of water perfect for fly fishing lessons - from small streams to the big water of the mighty Middle Fork, from our stocked trout pond to the spectacular high-mountain lakes in the alpine reaches surrounding the ranch - that novices can learn casting skills, float tube techniques, water reading expertise and fly selection in a unpressured atmosphere.
If full days of concentrated instruction and fishing seem to "heavy", we have all the other activities of a full service guest ranch at your disposal - hiking; exploring ghost towns; lawn sports; a hot tub with the best view in the valley; and lounging on the cabin or lodge porches. Scenery, wildlife, wild flowers and birds - they all turn the learning experience into a wonderfully relaxing vacation.
A Relaxed Weeks' Course in Wild Water Fly Fishing
SUNDAY: Arrive at the ranch by mid-afternoon, settle into your cabin and meet your guide for the week. He will help you obtain your fishing license before you meet with fellow guests for a selection of wines or beers, hors d'oeuvres, and enjoy the first of many "hearty gourmet" meals.
MONDAY: Meet with your guide before breakfast to discuss the day's plan, select appropriate equipment, and gather your fly fishing supplies for the day. Your fly fishing guide will introduce you to the concepts of reading the water and becoming familiar with the stream entimology and the selection of appropriate flies. He will teach you to cast, and how to release your fish without damage.
TUESDAY: Take off to one of our high mountain lakes for a day of float tube fishing, casting for rainbow or cutthroat. You and your guide can decide which destination will suit you best, taking into consideration the altitude, difficulty of hike, and type of fly fishing that each offers. After a day in the alpine reaches of the mountains, you'll return to the ranch for yet another gourmet feast in the elegant Wapiti Meadow dining room.
WEDNESDAY: Board a backcountry air charter at the Johnson Creek airstrip. You and your guide will be virtually alone on the Middle Fork of The Salmon River banks, fly fishing blue-ribbon cutthroat waters with only an occasional sighting of rafters floating downstream. That night you can enjoy a large, comfortable (stand-up room) tent with cot and 4" thick foam mattress on which to spread your sleeping bag while your guide prepares bacon-wrapped, seasoned filet mignon for your dinner.
THURSDAY: Today you may hike from camp to deep pools that are set like jewels in the necklace of the stream for excellent fly fishing on smaller water. After opening your lunch hamper and enjoying another afternoon of working you way back to camp through riffles and pools, you will be met by your air charter and whisked back to the lodge at the ranch for a welcome-home gourmet dinner.
FRIDAY: You will explore one or more of the many streams on or adjacent to the ranch for your final day of fly fishing. Unpressured and in a beautiful environment with a one-on-one or two-on-one relationship with your teacher, you will find that you have become a fly fisher with techniques and experiences that can only be learned in a natural setting with no limit set on the "time in the classroom".
SATURDAY: After breakfast on Saturday morning you will either fly or drive back to civilization, the culture shock softened by your memories of a sport well mastered and a week spent in comfort amid the most wild and rugged mountains in the Lower 48 States. No high-school gymnasium clinic can compare!
If you have traveled with a non-fishing companion or family, they will have enjoyed a week of relaxing with a book, hiking maps, a mountain bike and visiting with like-minded fellow guests in the comfort of a ranch, set like a jewel in the middle of a picturesque wilderness valley.